Replace Broken Vinyl Siding
LESLIE: Joe in Iowa has a siding question. What can we do for you?
JOE: I have a corner piece, on my house, that’s broken and I was wondering if you knew of any way of replacing that corner piece without removing all the siding.
TOM: Hmm. This is vinyl siding?
JOE: Vinyl siding, right.
TOM: Yeah. Hmm. Well, I tell you, I think that you could probably cut out that corner piece and sort of surgically extract it. Then, with a flat bar, you could reach in underneath each edge of the vinyl siding and make sure you loosen up the nails just with a flat bar. You reach under it, keep it flat, wiggle it back and forth and just get them a little bit loose so that you have a little bit of room to work. Right?
TOM: And then you could bend the corner and insert it under both sort of edges of the vinyl siding on both sides of the corner. I bet you could work it in. The thing is, the key is going to be to get rid of the nails that are in the way.
JOE: Right, right.
JOE: So cut out a little piece and just replace that little piece? Now, overlap the corners on it or …?
TOM: No, the cracked piece is obviously going to be replaced and once you have the new piece in your hand, that would have been nailed in first. So you have to kind of cut out the old piece and get rid of all the nails; use a flat bar. But what I’m concerned about is the vinyl siding that’s sort of laying into that, if there are any nails that are close to the corner, you may have to pull those out or at least loosen them up because you don’t want anything to obstruct it when you go to work the new piece in. And then you’re going to basically get the corner underneath the vinyl siding on both sides of it.
JOE: Right, right.
TOM: You have to get creative on how you final nail it but I think it definitely could be done.
JOE: Yeah. Alright, well thanks very much.
TOM: You’re very welcome, Joe. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.